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8:35 AM ET, June 2, 2008


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Fafnir / Fafblog:
The Audacity Of Hope  —  So now everybody's all “oh, Hillary Clinton can't win the nomination” and “oh, Hillary Clinton can't be president” and “oh, Hillary Clinton, haven't they sedated her yet.”  Well that's just talking crazy talk!  There's tons a stuff that can happen between …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton Wins Easily in Puerto Rico  —  She Holds Out Hope As Obama Nears Delegate Majority  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) won the Puerto Rico primary comfortably on Sunday, claiming perhaps her last triumph in the race for a Democratic presidential nomination that increasingly appears to be out of her reach.
Discussion: marbury
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Popular Vote Total After Puerto Rico
[VIDEO UPDATE] BREAKING NEWS on “Whitey” Tape from Fox News: A TV Network HAS the Tape  —  Here's the text version at  —  FNC 06/01/2008 14:43:30: ...>>>  welcome back to our special coverage live coverage from puerto rico. just before the break, roger stone the republican strategist …
Kennedy to have brain surgery Monday  —  BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) — Sen. Edward Kennedy announced Monday he will undergo surgery to treat a malignant brain tumor.  —  “Over the past several days, Vicki and I, along with my outstanding team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital …
Discussion: On Deadline
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Kennedy undergoing surgery for brain tumor  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will undergo surgery Monday at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor and then faces chemotherapy and radiation treatment, his office said.  —  The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton camp converging on New York Tuesday, and shedding staff  —  Members of Hillary Clinton's advance staff received calls and emails this evening from headquarters summoning them to New York City Tuesday night, and telling them their roles on the campaign are ending, two Clinton staffers tell my colleague Amie Parnes.
William Kristol / New York Times:
What Obama Left Out  —  Commencement speeches are hard.  —  I gave one at a college about seven years ago.  I labored over it, consulting orations from years past, writing and rewriting drafts.  I ended up with remarks that struck me — even while I delivered them — as banal and platitudinous.
US accused of holding suspects on prison ships  —  The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Favor President Meeting With U.S. Enemies  —  Public thinks it's a good idea to meet with leaders of enemy countries  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Large majorities of Democrats and independents, and even half of Republicans, believe the president of the United States should meet with the leaders …
Discussion: The Swamp
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Rev. Pfleger: “America is the Greatest Sin Against God”  —  In another excerpt from Rev. Michael Pfleger's sermon last Sunday, May 25, from the pulpit of Sen. Barack Obama's now former church, Trinity United Church of Christ on the South side of Chicago, the longtime Obama associate condemns America for racism in fairly harsh terms.
Stuart Silverstein / Top of the Ticket:
McCain proposes squeezing Iran financially  —  In a speech he will deliver this morning, John McCain manages to take a slap at Barack Obama and Iran at the same time.  —  McCain, according to excerpts of a prepared address to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, will ridicule the notion of negotiating …
Associated Press:
Marine, back from Iraq, shot dead in his home town  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Gateway Pundit
Ross Douthat:
The Dog That Didn't Bark  —  Todd Purdum on Bill Clinton, in the forthcoming Vanity Fair: … It's interesting that Purdum and VF are coming out with this piece now, with Hillary Clinton's campaign more or less finished, since this sort of gossip has been in circulation for a while …
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
A STRATEGIC RETREAT?  —  We wrote here about Barack Obama's Iraq dilemma.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
State Dept. Reinstates Gaza Fulbright Grants
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
William E. Odom, 75; Military Adviser to 2 Administrations
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Scott McClellan: Rove should have been fired over his role in the Plame leak
Discussion: MSNBC and Whiskey Fire
David Harrison / Telegraph:
Christian preachers face arrest in Birmingham
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The day the Democrats lost it  —  From Dana Milbank's coverage …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Scripting News
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Look Who's Tough on Iran Now